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Inside PRSM: May 17, 2017

Member News

PRSM Members Recognized for Reduced Energy Usage

Representatives of the PRSM Leadership team attended the 2017 DOE Better Buildings Summit this week in Washington, D.C.
During the Summit, the DOE recognized 18 Better Buildings Challenge partners for achieving at least a 20% reduction in energy usage.
Three PRSM members were recognized: Macy's, Schneider Electric, and Staples.
For more information on the DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a list of all winners click here.

Wal-Mart to Turn Stores into ‘Hybrid Electric Buildings’

Wal-Mart, which has recently been testing a number of energy storage technologies, is working with Advanced Microgrid Solutions to deploy its "Hybrid Electric Building" technology, according to an April 11 news release. The energy storage systems are expected to "improve efficiency, guarantee energy savings, and provide fast, flexible grid support to local utilities," per the statement. Click here for more.

Welcome New Members
We are excited to welcome the following new individuals and member companies who recently joined PRSM. 

*Denotes new member companies


Casey's General Store*

Scott Cook

Eric Biederman

Larry Meeker

Aeropostale, Inc.*

Rob Ruscher


City Facilities Management (US) LLC*

Gerrard Phimister

Tracey Hulsey

Jay Halloran

CD Maintenance Company

Mellisa Fulcher


Industry News

Europe’s Fashion Brands Expand in U.S.

European retailers hungry for growth are pushing deeper into the U.S., with some using the over expansion of their American counterparts as a chance to pick up consumers and prime locations. The expansion comes as American retailers, pressured by online shopping and cut-throat competition, are closing stores at a record pace. For more, click here.

Retail Sales Up in April

Retail sales in April increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over March and 3% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said on Friday. The number, which exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, was below expectations.

When looking at business lines, performance in April was driven by online and other non-store retailers, electronics stores, and building materials and supplies. On a three-month moving average, retail sales have grown 2.6% year-over-year. Click here for more.

New APPA Standard on Total Cost of Ownership – Now Open for Comments 

The APPA Standards and Codes Council (ASCC) has drafted the high-level standards strategy document, “APPA TCO 1000-1, Standard for Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – Part 1: Key Principles,” which defines a path towards the creation of needed American National Standards (ANSs) for asset management of buildings, facilities, general site and related infrastructure that is aligned and in accordance with TCO principles.

If you would like to submit comments, please make notes on this spreadsheet and send all comments by May 30 to Billie Zidek, Standards and Codes Administrator, APPA, For any questions, please email

Also, PRSM recently released the White Paper, “HVAC: Considerations For Total Cost of Ownership.” The white paper was an initiative for the Supplier Relations Committee’s subcommittee on Total Cost of Ownership.


Retailer2Retailer Best Practices Forum Hosted by Giant Tiger


Thursday, June 8, 2017

11:00am to 4:00pm (Eastern Time)

Host: Giant Tiger

PRSM’s R2R Forums are an excellent way to stay connected to other facilities professionals who have similar responsibilities.  Join us for this open forum discussion of the latest issues in the retail facilities management industry. It’s a casual and engaging event available to all retailers who are in the area or who wish to travel to this event and participate in the discussion.

Peer Discussion Topics frequently include:

  • Best Practices in Supplier Management
  • Trades Management – HVAC, Lighting, Electrical, Janitorial, etc.
  • Sustainability/Green Initiatives
  • Cost Reduction Strategies and Business Practices
  • Facilities Maintenance Department Structures & Scope of Responsibilities
  • Technology
  • Plus, many others determined by the group

PRSM International Retail Exchange - Japan, May 22

You are exclusively invited to this unique opportunity to network with other retailers to discuss best practices for doing business in Japan. Whether you already do business in Japan today or looking to expand your footprint in the future, this is a must-attend event to learn the intricacies of the Japanese market. Join us for our first International Retail Exchange in Japan! To download the registration form, click here.

Network with Your Peers at PRSM Live Events

Join us for one of these informal networking opportunities. Catch up with industry peers and colleagues and meet new contacts working in retail facilities management. See you there!

June 1 – Atlanta, GA

June 1 – Philadelphia, PA

June 14 – Toronto, Canada

June 22 – New York, NY


2017 Best Practice: Adjusting HVAC and Lighting Schedules to Save Money

Retailers can leverage existing infrastructure and data sources to realize immediate savings. In the 2017 Best Practice, “Adjusting HVAC and Lighting Schedules to Save Money,” Tonya Martin, Director of Business Development, Phoenix Energy Technologies shares how an audit identified and lighting and HVAC equipment that was running during times when buildings were unoccupied. Read the best practice to understand steps taken to slash energy usage.

All 41 of this year’s Best Practices found in the Best Practices book are available on To revew search FM Topics to find best practices, white papers, magazine articles and on-demand webinars on specific subject areas. For example, the above best practice is filed under Building Automation Systems.

Five Critical Components of Key System Management

A key system is a managed set of key records that can be setup to include as few or as many locks as desired. Managing the system can be a daunting task. The PRSM White Paper, “Five Critical Components of Key System Management” is a comprehensive guide that outlines five steps to use in selecting, establishing, and maintaining a key system, including policies and procedures that will fit and work for your specific organization. Download the white paper here.

Facilities Management Mobile Technology Benchmarking Snapshot

At PRSM2017 National Conference, 85 Retailers from 58 companies completed the Facilities Management Mobile Technology Survey. The majority of respondents (59%) were junior or mid-level management, followed by senior or executive managers (31%) and analysts or coordinators (8%).

The Benchmarking survey examined the devices and apps currently used by facility management professional, along with the specific tasks and systems being utilized. For retail facilities management professionals who don’t use FM mobile apps, the survey explored their preferences for tasks to be completed by apps, systems to be accessed with apps, and app developers. Lastly, all respondents were asked about the anticipated change in FM app usage with their company in next 12 months. Download the Benchmarking Snapshot here.